Guns N’ Roses will play Los Angeles in mid-August
A date in Los Angeles for the much-anticipated Guns N’ Roses tour has finally been announced, and the group will perform with its “classic line-up” at Dodger Stadium on August 18.
Earlier this month we had predicted they’d announce their LA stop at the end of their string of performances at Coachella, and guessed they’d play open dates at the Rose Bowl, or the Forum. Well, at least we were partially right.
Based on performances thus far, Angelinos are in for something special when the band heads west.
Guns N’ Roses kicked off their tour featuring lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on April 8, with Rose sporting a cast after breaking bones in his foot. Despite his injury, Rolling Stone praised the band’s performance, even adding that Rose’s immobility added to his intensity onstage.
Rose, Slash and McKagan haven’t played together since 1993, and they will be accompanied by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist and percussionist Dizzy Reed and keyboardist Melissa Reese.
While it seems easy to celebrate the reunion now, the Los Angeles Times points out that getting the main members back together was a Herculean effort on the part of Paul Tollett, who launched Coachella in 1999. He has a history as a promoter with the band, going back to their heyday in the 1980s.
Tollett told the Times he approached the band about playing together again two years ago, even going to the extent of sending them a vintage 1986 flyer from a show they did, right before becoming famous.
“I never pushed hard, but put it out there,” Tollett told the Times. “It just started picking up steam.”